Our response to COVID-19

All over the world, COVID-19 has had a major impact on society. As a producer of foodstuffs, Vion has been designated a crucial company by the government. We accept our responsibility to make safe, healthy and tasty food available for everybody, even in times of crisis.

Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic extends beyond that. Since March 2020, when COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic, we have been supporting society through various initiatives. Read more about these initiatives on this page.

Offering a safe and healthy working environment for our employees

  • In addition to our usual strict hygiene measures, we have always immediately translated and implemented new insights to control the virus, such as hygiene and air control measures on the work floor.
  • Performing a stringent health check at the entrance to our production locations.
  • Preventive testing of our production employees.
  • Encouraging office staff to work from home, if possible.
  • Reducing all kinds of travel.
  • Offering personal protective equipment, such as face masks and hand sanitation.

Supporting sick employees at home

  • Providing security to our own production staff by continuing to pay salaries when they have to stay at home due to quarantine or after a positive test.
  • Distributing food packages to colleagues in quarantine.
  • Allowing employees in the Netherlands and their housemates to use the test location at different Vion production sites.

Helping with local relief efforts

  • Donating protective equipment to healthcare workers.
  • Sponsoring meat products for healthcare staff.

Safeguarding the quality of Vion workers’ housing

  • An important theme for Vion, which has received additional attention during the corona period, is the quality of Vion workers’ accommodation. Vion set up a task force to randomly inspect Vion workers’ housing and take measures where necessary to guarantee them a safe and healthy home environment.

Offering support to supply chain partners

  • It is important to us to give our customers additional support in these difficult times. Our brands SALOMON FoodWorld and FVZ Convenience joined forces to support catering entrepreneurs in times of crisis. They launched the ‘Future Initiative for Gastronomy’ through which they share solutions, knowledge and concrete actions with catering entrepreneurs to overcome financial difficulties due to the lockdowns.
  • During COVID-19, we are committed to continuing to work on establishing reliable supply chains together with our suppliers. As pilot meetings for these projects now occur online instead of in person, Vion provided participants with the necessary equipment (e.g. laptops and cameras) and technical support to continue participating.

Do you have any questions? Take a look at the frequently asked questions and answers about Vion's response to COVID-19 here.

What is Vion doing to help stop the spread of COVID-19?

Strict corona measures apply at Vion, which are always in accordance with government rules and guidelines. Some of the measures we have taken:

  • The continuous translation of new insights in the field of hygiene, air control and virus control in the production areas into measures on the work floor.
  • Performing a stringent health check at the entrance to our production locations.
  • Repeated preventive testing of our employees and offering tests if they show symptoms.
  • Offering employees and their housemates the opportunity to be tested for corona at one of the Vion test locations.
  • Introducing measures to ensure 1.5 m distancing and the placement of partition screens.
  • Encouraging office staff to work from home, if possible.
  • Requesting that employees do not travel internationally for business purposes.
  • Offering personal protective equipment, such as face masks and hand sanitation.
  • Informing flex workers in group housing about what they can do to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

What does Vion do to ensure that products remain available?

As a food producer, Vion is a part of the crucial food supply chain. This means that we have a responsibility to supply food to consumers. We always do this to the highest hygiene standards, with strict personal protection, while observing strict measures. In close contact with our supply chain partners, such as farmers and retailers, but also with government institutions, such as Municipal Health Services and regional authorities, we ensure that our products remain available.

What measures has Vion taken specifically for its employees?

  • Offering sufficient protective equipment
  • Introducing measures to ensure 1.5 m distancing and the placement of partition screens.
  • Vion has set up its own test facilities where experts from the health and safety service administer preventive corona tests to production employees or to employees and/or family members living at home who present with symptoms.
  • In cooperation with the regional authorities, Vion supports the vaccination campaigns, in order to increase the vaccination rates.
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